Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Zambia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure that growing access to digital technology in Zambia benefits children in the country.


The MoU outlines the parameters of a one-year partnership on child online protection and other cyber security matters including joint research, creating awareness among Zambian children on the safety use of information and communications technology (ICTs) through the concept of digital means.


The MoU also means the two institutions would be responsible for child online protection and build silo programmes hence coming together by forming a strategic partnership.


ZICTA Director General, Margaret Mudenda signed on behalf of her organisation while UNICEF’s Paul Ufford signed on behalf of his institution.


Ms Mudenda observed that though Zambia has made tremendous progress in ensuring that every citizen has access to telephone and internet service, the security and safety of such technologies for young people is still a work in progress.


Ms Mudenda said everyday Zambia and the world-over is experiencing cyber crimes, identity thefts, child trafficking, phishing and frauds among other vices hence ZICTA and its partners to reposition itself and raise awareness among the citizens, taking steps on protection and empowering law enforcement agencies with adequate skills, knowledge and tools of becoming effective at tackling these forms of crime.


And Mr Ufford disclosed that internet usage among youths in Zambia is more than double the internet use in the general population.


Mr Ufford said his organisation is conducting the awareness through a programme dubbed, “Voices of Youth Citizens” which Zambian youths have also benefited citing the U-report, a mobile platform that allows fast sharing of HIV test results among other programmes.